nightrose83 (nightrose83) wrote in little_details,

Volksschulen and 1960s Germany

One more question: Were the older forms of the Realschule (Mittelschule) more or less the same when it came to the sorts of careers it prepared children for?

Hi folks,

I had a few questions about the way the German school systems were in the 60s and 70s. I was told about the current Grundschule/Hauptschule/Realschule/Gymnasium model, as well as Volksschulen being elementary/lower secondary education for the older generations before they were phased out (not counting some places that currently sometimes call combined Grundschulen/Hauptschulen in one building that name). However, I needed some clarification on some specific points:

1. My understanding from past reading (which may not be correct, or I may have misunderstood) is that Volksschulen existed in the former West Germany until around 1964. My MC's mother, who comes from Hessen, would have been eight at that time. I was told that her school may have been called a Volksschule until around 1964, when it would have become a Grundschule. I know students spend four years in elementary education before being placed in a secondary school, but if the name had stayed 'Volksschule', would she hypothetically have been able to go to another school type after four years?

2. I was also told the pre-WW2 model of schooling was different, and things began to change after the conflict was over. Would the options for schooling when my MC's mother started have been 'Volksschule/Realschule/Gymnasium' or something else up until the name/structure changes?

Googled: Realschule 1960s, Grundschule 1960s, history of Grundschule/Realschule
Tags: 1960-1969, germany: education (misc)

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